Winter days are quite the challenge here in Chicago, so I'm always trying to find ways to warm up with food. I haven't had a cold salad in months, as I just really believe in eating as many hot...
'Eid Mubarak to you and your families! May all your fasts and prayers be accepted.  We've fasted the month of Ramadan and now it's time to enjoy the celebration of 'Eid with family and friends. Lamb dishes are usually a must on 'Eid...
A day in the life of recipe testing goes a lot like this: Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables  -shop for fresh ingredients and bring them home to sort out -wash and dry fresh herbs and produce -chop everything -get out the camera, notebook and...
It's been more than ten years since I've eaten chorizo, a type of Spanish sausage spiced with flavors like paprika which gives it an orange color. The reason I haven't had it in so many years is because it's mostly made with pork.
Over the early part of the summer when Ramadan was in full swing, I took advantage of the somewhat cooler weather and made soups for Iftar (meal that breaks the fast). The main reason for that was not only the...
A while ago I posted images of this recipe for Lemon Tiramisu, a twist on my Classic Tiramisu recipe, over on my Instagram account when I was preparing it for my monthly cooking classes at the UMMA Center. I don't...
I grew up eating homemade pizza and pizza from very good local pizzerias. Both were excellent, though completely different from one another- one being the American version of pepperoni pizzas and the other being my grandmother's version of the...
This is such a quick summer dish. Use herbs that are ready for picking, which come perfectly paired with grilled chicken. You can use dried herbs for this dish, but the flavor will not be as intense as using the fresh...
Salmon is one of the easiest types of fish to make on a regular basis. It's thick texture stays together nicely when cooking, so whether you're frying, grilling or baking it, it tends to stay together really well.  This...
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while probably already know that I have a pure affinity for crème frâiche, or French style cream. If you haven't tried it before, I urge you to begin...

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